River is a writer and creative mentor working in schools, colleges, universities, museums, galleries, libraries and community settings. As Derbyshire Poet Laureate (2007-9) her commissions included a poetry trail for part of the National Forest, and a poem in five voices mapping the history of Bolsover.
Her poetry collections are published by Smith/Doorstop, and her work has been included in anthologies such as In Protest: 150 Poems for Human Rights and This Assignment Is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching
Recent projects include the short film Girl Rising: Derbyshire devised, scripted and filmed by girls in Long Eaton.
In 2014 she collaborated with University of Sheffield’s ‘Stories of Activism’ to devise a City Walk connecting Sheffield’s radical past with stories from present-day activists. Watch a film of the walk made by Gemma Thorpe
In 2015-16 she worked with young writers aged 16-30 to research and write about WW1 conscientious objectors for Courage of Conscience.
Her guide to ‘Getting Started as a Writer in the Community’ commissioned by the National Association of Writers in Education is available to download here